MS symptoms are unpredictable and variable. One individual may experience just one or few of the possible manifestations while another individual encounters several more. More commonly known as "secondary" MS, these other manifestations of MS that occur in the absence of MS are called "compromised manifestations". Occurs in approximately 80% of those with MS, can greatly interfere with a person's ability to perform at work and home, and can be the most pronounced manifestation in an individual who otherwise possesses very limited mobility. MS is not contagious; however, the infection can be passed from person to person through contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva, urine, or blood.
MS is classified as either central or peripheral. With regard to MS central, the disease affects the muscles, which signal the nervous system and control muscles and organs. The symptoms, which often begin in the thumb and index finger, include weakness, rigidity, limpness, loss of muscle co-ordination, difficulty in walking, involuntary movements of the limbs (such as twitching), and pain, stiffness, or numbness in these areas. Peripheral MS symptoms occur in the spinal cord and the brain. Some symptoms of MS include muscular weakness, spasticity, asymmetry, bladder and bowel incontinence, coordination problems, motor difficulty, and difficulty with speech.
The most common MS symptoms among adults are the ability to move comfortably without pain or restrictions of movement, difficulty with speech (language difficulty is one of the common manifestations), weakness in the thumb and index finger, lack of ability to walk, short-term memory loss (also known as "hypnotic amnesia"), depression, anxiety, irritability, decreased quality of life, difficulty sleeping, emotional unpredictability, and difficulty with attention, concentration, or memory. A person can also experience the presence of one or more central nervous system inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Paget's disease, fragile bones disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), ankylosing spondylitis, and others. According to MS Society estimates, at least one million Americans currently have the disease. In addition, an estimated 50% of those involved in work related activities may also be at risk for the disease.
MS has no cure, although there are ways to manage the symptoms and prevent the development of MS. The first goal of treatment is to prevent the development of MS by keeping the body's tissues and organs in healthy balance. The second goal of treatment is to relieve the disabling effects of MS on daily living activities. Symptoms of MS can be divided into three categories: rheumatoid arthritis, which affects the bones and joints; cervical myelopathy, which affect the nervous system and spinal cord; and infective myelopathy, which affect the lymphatic and immune systems. The type of MS symptoms that the patient experiences will depend on the stage of the disorder.
Secondary Progressive MS Most people with secondary progressive MS experience relapses between two to three times per year. MS relapses may include loss of independent motion and stiffness of muscles, blurred vision, or decreased balance and co-ordination. There may also be loss of sensory and motor skills, and bladder and bowel incontinence. MS relapses that occur more than three times per year are considered chronic. In secondary progressive MS, doctors usually use systemic therapies and non-pharmacological treatments to manage the disorder.
Cervical Myelopathy MS symptoms of myelopathy typically include severe and widespread pain, located near the head and/or shoulders. There may also be nausea and vomiting, fatigue, numbness or tingling, and difficulty swallowing. Myelopathy is associated with a high rate of disability and fatalities due to cardiovascular complications. Treatment for this condition usually involves surgery, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and anti-venom medication. Some patients with cervical myelopathy may have symptoms related to diabetes, kidney disease, hyperglycemia, meningitis, or encephalopathy.
Systemic Lupus erythematosus MS is a chronic auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing destruction of normal tissues, muscle waste, and protein within the body. The most common symptoms of systemic Lupus erythematosus are persistent pain and swelling located in the upper extremities, face, neck, shoulders, and back, as well as uncontrollable fever and unexplained weight loss. MS symptoms can also include eye inflammation, axillary muscular paralysis, weakness, and skin rash, as well as abnormal hair growth on the scalp and face.
The treatment of MS depends on the specific type of the disorder. Common symptoms of MS include extreme fatigue and weakness, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, decreased concentration, decreased visual acuity, speech problems, bladder and bowel incontinence, and jaw pain. Some patients with MS may also develop a hearing impairment and/or a tremor. Some patients will experience an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis symptoms over time, while others do not experience the same symptoms.
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